Grammar Reminder – The Past Continuous
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The past continuous is formed by using was or were (the past tense of be) with ing attached to the end of the verb. It’s used to explain actions that continued before and after another action. For example, I was watching television when the doorbell rang.
You can help your students to learn the past continuous tense by using video or worksheets to consolidate the work they will do in their coursebooks.
It is also found in a lot in story telling when it is used at the beginning of a text: – Last Thursday I was waiting for the train… or, I heard the shout and saw him running towards the exit.
We also use the past continuous for polite requests. They can be used with stative verbs which makes the request softer. For example – I was hoping you could drop me off at work? Or, I was wondering if I could borrow your car?
Ask questions to illustrate the target:
- What was she doing when you got home? She was cooking dinner
- Why didn’t you come to the cinema last night? I was studying for my exam
- Where were your parents when you got home? They were out shopping
In the negative wasn’t and weren’t is used.
- He wasn’t swimming he was cycling
- They weren’t running, they were walking
Tag questions where the answer is expected to be no is written in the past continuous:
- You weren’t swimming, were you?
Or, when the answer is expected to be yes:
- You were cycling, weren’t you?
A good way to get your students to practice the past continuous is to ask them to write down a daily schedule. Then you can ask your students to put what they were doing at a certain time. For example, at 1pm I was having lunch.
Once they have done this ask them to swap schedules with another student and then write comparisons like at 1pm I was having lunch, but Carlos was driving home from work.
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If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.